Friday, April 21, 2017

Joy to the EARTH(day)

We're still re-using and re-cycling at Jingle Belles to celebrate Earth Day.

Here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "I started with the big snowflake recycled from one of last year's Christmas cards we received at the office (all of the Admins save them for me).  Next I went to my recycle drawer and pulled out a paint chip and some vintage discount stickers to finish the design.  It is a rather loose take on this week's Fusion Card Challenge Sketch."





Lauren says, "Once again I've raided my stash of received holiday cards that were too pretty to toss out. The flourishy diecut reindeer came from one card; and would you believe that the green base card WITH the red strip was the front of a different card?As soon as I saw this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (#208) I knew I was on to something! I've also incorporated an oval of gorgeously patina-ed Norwegian sheet music and the tan strip of paper behind the frame is a scrap from a swatch of wallpaper."

Remember, you have until Wednesday at 6pm EST to join our fun.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Peace on EARTH (day)

One of our favorite prompts each year is the one that falls right around Earth Day, when we challenge ourselves (and our friends) to make holiday cards that re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle or up-cycle at least one element!

In previous years, this has led not to just some of the most creative ideas we've seen, but also some of the most beautiful cards. We've seen backgrounds made from giftwrap that was just too pretty to throw away; sketches using shapes punched from lovely store-bought cards received on previous holidays; clear plastic packaging converted to a window for a shaker card; And even empty soda cans turned into cool metal diecuts!


Of course, we're quite sure you have plenty of amazing ideas we haven't even thought of; because you always do! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "I love recycling vintage cards into new cards ... the vibrant retro colors of this one were so fun, all I did was attach it to a lime green card base, add some dimension with Mercury Nuvo Dots, and finish with a sticker sentiment."


Lauren says, "Since nearly EVERYTHING on my card used to be something else, it might quicker for me to tell you what the new elements are: the tiny blue and white doilies that are matting the focal image and part of an Eyelet Outlet pearl bling flourish. Yep, that's it. :) As for the rest? The cottage image was punched from one of the (store bought) holiday cards we received in a previous year; the lace was a scrap from my mother's sewing room; the papers with images have come from several old xmas "Ideals" magazines; the (cool, blue!) text paper came from an old falling-apart book I rescued; and the sheet music is... well, it's sheet music, lol. The sketch, however, is also brand new, it's from Sketch Saturday."


Remember, you needn't make a card that's nearly all recycled bits and bobs OR which contains anything at all vintage; just one re-used, re-purposed, re-cycled or up-cycled element will do! Be sure to tell us what it is, though, if it's not super obvious! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 26th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:08.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sweet and Sketchy

There were nothing but gorgeous versions of Stephanie's sketch in the gallery, which makes it very hard to only feature a few cards. Which, coincidentally, is our FAVORITE problem to have, lol!

...used our all-time favorite color palette (ALL of them!!!) to create this amazing holiday rainbow!

...whipped up a mixed media snow storm that makes us wish our computer monitors had a literal touch screen!

 ...gave us a masterpiece of minimalism as well as an incredible use of negative space by diecutting the circle elements out of the sketch!


Meanwhile, I think we're all dying to know whose house Stephanie will be sending that cool retired Stampin' Up set, right? Well, according to Random.org the winner is:

Lucky Number 5
which means
is also our lucky prize winner!
(because it truly IS a *random* draw!!!)
Christine, please email llaurenb @ hotmail.com to claim your prize!
♥♥♥

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will make you want to move heaven and Earth to play along!!! :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

O' SKETCH-mas Tree

One of the best things about being a fortnightly challenge is that we get to do *TWO* versions of everything... which is something I (Lauren) especially love when Stephanie has drawn us a gorgeous sketch like this one:


Here's what we made this week:


Lauren says, "I've said it a million times, but I'll probably just KEEP ON saying it: I loooooooove Doodlebug Designs, especially their Christmas lines! Nearly all the stickers on this card are from them, plus I've got a few festive paper scraps and a couple of adorable Eyelet Outlet Holiday Brads. What else do you need, right?!"


Stephanie says, "When I finished creating the sketch, I knew I wanted to try a card using snowflakes.  This card features a combination of four colors of felt & glitter snowflakes as well as bling from Eyelet Outlet ... sentiment is a favorite from CatsLife Press."

There's still plenty of time to link up your own gorgeous sketch card, scroll down to the original post for full details!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sketch-O-Licious

This fortnight we have an extra-fab challenge, thanks to our resident Sketch Mistress, Stephanie, who has whipped up an especially lovely sketch to inspire us:


Feel free to rotate or flip the sketch, use different shapes, play with the proportions or otherwise make it your own; as long as we can see "the bones".

Here are our sketch cards:

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I created my sketch card using a sheet of puffy snowman stickers on a teal glitter background ... so much fun."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "Clearly I'm still a little bit stuck on the Bling theme from last fortnight, so there's a lot of sparkly white, silver and gold on my card! I've compressed the sketch a bit to fit my square card, so I've staggered a few of the shapes horizontally, but otherwise, I've done a pretty straightforward version of the sketch... Well heck, that's the best thing about a great sketch, it saves you time and energy, right?!"


Stephanie, who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator (e-mail her if you'd like to place an order), also has a fun little present for one lucky, randomly drawn cardmaker who links up with us this week. It's a brand new --but retired-- Stampin' Up set of sentiments - SUITE SEASONS - that can be used for a variety of occasions, including Christmas:


To be eligible to win, just link up one or more sketch cards right here, before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday,  April 12th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:17:07.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shining Stars

We loved all the bling and sparkle in the gallery ... here are a few of the shining stars.

Emily
of 

created this fun North Pole Shaker which paired perfectly with her holiday holiday elf ... such shimmery fun.

Carol
of

showed how a single gorgeous gem can become the focal point of a lovely wintry design.

Deborah Frings
of

used a coat of clear glitter pen combined with gorgeous coloring to really make her holiday card sparkle.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Keep Blingin' It!

Here are this week's sparkly creations:


Lauren says, "I confess that I really liked my card last week, but anytime I make something that pared down, it generally freaks me out a tiny bit, and I have to make something EXTRA lumpy, bumpy and embellished the next time, lol. So that's what I did. Luckily I had the current Sketch (#455) Saturday layout to inspire my choices, some fab My Mind's Eye glitter-adorned paper and a fabulous Eyelet Outlet Pearl Bling Flourish."



Stephanie says, "I took my inspiration this week from Inspired by All the Little Things for a non-traditional holiday design.  I thought the dark purples with the golden glitter looked rather regal.  I inked my DCWV designer paper with several Distress Inks for more shading around the edges and finished with a purple gem flourish."

Remember, you have until March 29th to Link-Up and join the fun.